Saturday, June 11, 2011

Longest labor, Shortest delivery

Coen Christopher was born on June 8th at 7 lbs 12 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long at 7:30 p.m. He was welcomed into this world by a team of Dr's and nurses and his parents in Costa Rica - our first (and last) International birth.

I was induced with both Simon and Malachi. The whole labor times (including delivery) were 8 1/2 hours and 13 hours respectively. With this labor, the time was at least 21 hours. I now know why my body is so exhausted compared to the others. Also, the epidural kept wearing off, so I still had a pretty painful delivery. My Dr. was amazing though, he was the perfect coach. That's one of the greatest things about delivering here. The Dr. was my coach through delivery not the nurses. 

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but he came out in two sets of pushes. It wasn't the normal three pushes in one set, it was more like one really, really big push for set one and then two or three not quite as big but still big pushes for the second set. And then he was out and crying, and he was amazing. They had to take him to another room for the tests and shots, and that made me really sad. I was jealous that John got to go with. He passed with flying colors and didn't cry from the shots.

I've written this over the last two days, I just have to wrap it up. He's nursing lots and keeping me up at night. Right now I feel completely wrecked. Hopefully I can nap today, maybe more than once. His cry is growing and he's getting louder. John's been amazing - he always is.


6 comments:

Sadie said...

Yay for Coen! Get some rest and take advantage of John being home full time for a few weeks - you deserve it! Glad to hear he's nursing well - that's one less worry! How do Simon and Malachi feel about the newest arrival?

Nomads By Nature said...

Smiling big here in Moz for your amazing wonderful news. Good job, mama. Get your rest and enjoy your new addition!

Sara said...

Malachi and Simon are acting the way they do when things are a little off. There've been a few changes recently, friends leaving Post, school ending, baby coming, that I'm not surprised. I'm hoping it doesn't last too long though.

Smallbits said...

That is wonderful! Congrats to all of you! I hope you have plenty of time for rest and that the boys' adjustment comes quickly. Your post had me grinning ear to ear this morning. So happy for you.

Kristen said...

Oh congratulations Sara! I've been offline for the past week and missed your announcement! I pray that you can get some rest (is that even possible with 3) and that you continue to recover and enjoy this sweet sweet time with your precious new babe!!

I'll Take Mine... said...

Congratulations on the birth of Coen!